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Oct 7, 2012 5:00am EDT
's showing up in a local form with a virus claiming to be from the comptroller's was on. >> steve merryfield owns a high-end sporting goods shop. he had been preparing to sell it. all the records for potential buyers stored on his computer server. so merryfield was more than concerned when he realized all of his data had been frozen. >> the last words i remember is, this is not good. >> it turned out hackers had taken control of his machine and flashed a message, for $3,000, merryfield could have his data back but he'd have to fork over an additional 1,000 dollars for each week he didn't comply the he was a victim of ransom ware. >> it you ever heard the term ransom ware before? >> no. and i can say that it's appropriately named. you feel victimized. you feel helpless. >> ransom ware is so pervasive that it prompted the f.b.i. to put out a warning. the bury -- bureau is getting dozens of complaints a day. >> it's one of the more destructive malwares. >> bruce snow says hackers use such sophisticated methods, it's virtually impossible to recover your data. it's believed most are operating ove
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